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Tjunkiya Napaltjarri

Tjunkiya Napaltjarri's striking paintings reveal forms as colour is scratched away from the surface, a method unique amongst Papunya Tula Artists, and shared only by Johnny Yungut Tjupurrula. Tjunkiya began painting for Papunya Tula Artists in the late 1990s.
Until 2004, Tjunkiya painted with her sister Wintjiya Napaltjarri at the Papunya Tula Artists shed in Kintore but from 2004 until her death in 2009, she painted from her home: the widow's camp outside her "son" Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula's former residence.
“I’m thinking about Umari, Tjukurrpa (the dreaming), when I’m painting, it’s my mother’s country. My mother and father, I’ve lost them, poor things. As I paint they are always in my mind. I am remembering them and olden times when we were at Umari. When I paint I feel happy, I don’t feel sick, I don’t feel any pain. I feel strong and healthy, like I am a young girl again. Before, I dotted my canvas like the other painting ladies. Now I put the paint on my own way. Like this [gesturing], with two sticks, I push and scratch the colour on. “
There have been a number of solo exhibitions of Tjunkiya's paintings and her work can be found in national and international collections including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the National Gallery of Australia and the Musee du Quai Branly in Paris..


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2016 ‘Artist’s Hand: Collectors’ Eye – The Angel Gift’, National Gallery of Victoria,
Melbourne, Australia
2012 ‘Unique Perspectives – Papunya Tula Artists And The Alice Springs
Community’, Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, Australia
2010 'Tradition & Innovation - Papunya Tula 2010', Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Australia
2010 'Papunya Tula Women's Art', Maitland Regional Gallery, Maitland, Australia
2009 ‘Pro Community - Papunya Tula Artists’, Kunstwerk, Eberdingen-Nussdorf; Art Bar71, Berlin; VDMA, Frankfurt; Artkelch, Freiburg, Germany
2009 'Painting the Country', Cross Cultural Art Exchange, Darwin, Australia
2008 'Marrkangku Yara Palyantjaku Ngurrangka - Making Strong Paintings at Home',
Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, Australia
2008 'The Other Thing - a survey show', Charles Darwin University Art Collection,
Darwin, Australia
2008 'Virtuosity: The Evolution of Painting at Papunya Tula,' The Kluge-Ruhe
Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA
2008 'Papunya Tula Artists 2008', Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Australia
2007 ‘Pintupi – Mixed Exhibition’, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, Australia
2007 'Recent Paintings 2007', Cross Cultural Art Exchange, Darwin, Northern, Australia
2007 ‘Gifted: Contemporary Aboriginal Art, The Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund’, Art
Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
2007 'Papunya Tula 2007', Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Australia
2006 ‘Yawulyurru kapalilu palyara nintilpayi’, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, Australia
2006 ‘Papunya Tula Artists 2006’, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Australia
2005 ‘Pintupi Artists’, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, Australia
2005 ‘Papunya Tula Artists’, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Australia
2005 The Desert Mob Art Show, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, Australia
2004 ‘Pintupi Artists’, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, Australia
2004 33rd Alice Prize, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, Australia
2004 ‘Papunya Tula Artists - 2004’, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Australia
2004 ‘Kuniya Pilkati’, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Australia
2003 ‘Pintupi Artists’, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, Australia
2003 20th Telstra NATSIAA, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, Australia
2003 ‘Recent Paintings By The Women Artists Of Kintore And Kiwirrkura’, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Australia
2002 ‘Pintupi Artists’, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, Australia
2002 ‘Twenty Five Years And Beyond - Papunya Tula Painting’, School of Creative Arts and Media,University of Tasmania, Hobart; Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, Toowoomba; Brisbane City Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
2001 31st Alice Prize, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, Australia
2001 ‘Kintore and Kiwirrkura’, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Australia
2001 ‘Pintupi Exhibition’, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, Australia
2001 ‘Twenty Five Years And Beyond - Papunya Tula Painting’, The Araluen Centre, Alice Springs, Australia
2000 ‘Pintupi Women’, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, Australia
2000 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Australia
2000 ‘Papunya Tula: Genesis and Genius’, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
1999 ‘New Horizons 2000’, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Australia
1999 ‘Twenty Five Years And Beyond - Papunya Tula Painting’, Flinders University Art Museum, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia
1998 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Australia
1997 Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Australia
1996 C.A.A.A.C.E., Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, Australia
1996 Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, Australia
1996 Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, Australia
1996 ‘Dots’, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
1996 3th NATSIAA, Canberra, Australia
1995 Haasts Bluff/Kintore Project, Tandanya, Adelaide, Australia


Born in *unknown* on November 30th, 1929

Died in *unknown* on November 30th, 2008


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